WATCH: Kite surfer clear 200m jump over sand spit

Posted by Imogen Searra on 1 February 2019

Kitesurfing is an action-packed sport that combines elements of wakeboarding, skateboarding, surfing, paragliding and windsurfing. With their large kites and the power of the wind, a kite surfer can race across the water at rapid speeds and even briefly take flight at times.

Recently, Olly Bridges (21)  a kite surfer in Devon, England, was out on the water. In an act of daredevilry, Bridges attempted to and succeeded in ‘jumping’ 200m over a sand spit, a narrow sand landform attached to the mainland that juts into the sea. The kite surfer took off from a tidal pool and ‘flew’ to the other side of the sand spit into the ocean, after waiting for the right weather, tide and wind conditions in order to successfully complete the jump. Watch his epic stunt below.

 

Kite surfers are often launched into the air at dizzy heights, making this sport an exhilarating and adrenaline-filled experience. In South Africa kite surfing is a very popular water sport but around the world, kite surfing can be done on snow, land and water. Cape Town is considered one of the world’s best kite surfing destinations especially during October to March. There is an annual “King of the Air” competition that takes place on Bloubergstrand, the most popular kiting beach in the Cape.

Langebaan up the West Coast, Witsand along the Garden Route, Myoli Beach in Sedgefield, Kabeljous River in Jeffreys Bay and Kromme River in St Francis Bay all make for excellent kite surfing destinations. Additionally Port Elizabeth, King’s Beach and Sardinia Bay are also great for kite surfing.

 

Image source: Pixabay






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